But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Friday, 23 June 2017 10:57

The Forgotten Key to Engaging Pluralist Society

Dr. Michael Reeves – What’s Missing from Our Gospel? The Forgotten Key to Engaging Pluralist Society

How has the church effectively allowed pluralism to so dominate our culture, and what can be done now to engage our pluralist neighbors? What are we not understanding from a biblical...

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Written by John Samson
Friday, 23 June 2017 10:19

The Way Featured

by Mike Ratliff

1 Ὁ δὲ Σαῦλος ἔτι ἐμπνέων ἀπειλῆς καὶ φόνου εἰς...

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Written by Mike Ratliff
Friday, 23 June 2017 10:07

The Hero That Ran Away

Friday, 23 June 2017 09:44

Does the SBC Still Have a Stain on It? Featured

 In 1995, leadership in the SBC apologized for, repented of, and issued a statement repudiating, racism in all forms. Twenty-two years later, instigated by William McKissic, the SBC leaders once again had to apologize and issue not just another statement affirming its belief that racism in all...

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Written by edingess
Friday, 23 June 2017 08:12

On Translating: Jerome

Horace too, an acute and learned writer, in his Art of Poetry gives the same advice to the skilled translator:—

And care not thou with over anxious thought To render word for word.

Terence has translated Menander; Plautus and Cæcilius the old comic poets. Do they ever stick at words? Do...

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Written by Jim
Friday, 23 June 2017 07:17

Observing Ramadan Requires Muslims To Eat Before Daylight and at Sun Set - Is that a Real Fast?

image Islam is works oriented and demands a weak fast
 
For one month during Ramadan, Muslims do not eat or drink from daybreak to sundown. At age 7, I would plead with my mother to let me fast as the adults do. Three years later she let...

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Written by Mike Robinson
Friday, 23 June 2017 06:57

Abandon Facts but Keep Feelings? (Machen)

image Liberalism is not new.  The liberal seminary magazines I get in the mail are printed in full color and talk about smartphones, laptops, and podcasts, but the liberalism in them pre-dates today’s technology.  The magazine I got in the mail last week doesn’t mention the cross,...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Friday, 23 June 2017 06:55

Atheism is Irrational, Illogical, and Easy to Refute

The Flimsy Worldview of Atheism: A House of Cards
 by Mike Robinson
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Men of science, so far as I have observed them, are apt in their fear of jumping to a conclusion to forget that there is such a thing as jumping away from one (Samuel Butler).
In his bestseller, Peter Boghossian declared that...

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Written by Mike Robinson
Friday, 23 June 2017 06:55

One minute videos: What subjects would you like to see addressed? Featured

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Howdy All,

Over the coming weekend I’m hoping to finish and post the first couple of clips in a new series of one minute videos at the FBC YouTube Channel. The idea is simple: To offer high octane snippets of truth that plant seeds quickly in a compelling, provocative, and easily...

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Written by FireBreathingChristian
Friday, 23 June 2017 05:54

Does Conservative Theology Empower Abuse?

Here are three things that I believe are true and that are important for honest people to admit:

  1. It is a moral travesty when religious people or organizations use their beliefs, influence, or infrastructure to hurt, control, or manipulate other people.
  2. Theologically conservative organizations have...

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Written by Samuel James
Friday, 23 June 2017 05:40

Gaines: Pray ‘fervently’ in light of Phoenix SBC

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Steve Gaines, president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), introduces the past presidents of the SBC and thanks them for their service to the convention June 13 during the opening session of the two-day SBC annual meeting at the Phoenix Convention Center. ADAM COVINGTON/Special

By David Roach

P...

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Written by Baptist Press
Friday, 23 June 2017 05:40

The Safety Zone

Psalm 2:7-12

The opening verses of Psalm 2 unveil the rebels who resist the authority of God. This passage reveals the posture of rebels who are poised to dethrone God. These rebels rage against God and plot against him (v. 1). They oppose the LORD and his anointed (v. 2). These rebels make autonomy...

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Written by David Steele
Friday, 23 June 2017 05:40

“Of The Church” Series – Joe Thorn

Much has been said about who the church is, what the church does, and how the church does it over the past two thousand years. We live in an age where there is no shortage of ecclesiology books that address such topics. I have found that many of these books live in one of two worlds: they are...

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Written by Zach Barnhart
Friday, 23 June 2017 05:30

#73: Jesus Explains His Example[Sermon]

Join Dave as he continues the study of the Gospel of John by looking at John 13:12-17.

The post #73: Jesus Explains His Example[Sermon] appeared first on Servants of Grace.

Authors: Dave Jenkins

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Written by Dave Jenkins
Friday, 23 June 2017 05:24

Boost your spiritual immune system

EL CAJON, CA (BP) — Everybody knows the principles for maintaining good physical health – nutritious food, exercise, pure water, lay off the junk food, plenty of sleep, healthy and loving relationships – right?

Yet one-third of Americans are now obese and another third are...

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Written by David Jeremiah
Friday, 23 June 2017 05:23

Calvin Knew Something The Emergents, the Seeker Sensitives, and the Mega-Churches Will Never Know…

imageThose who are strong only in fervor and sharpness, but are not fortified with solid doctrine, weary themselves in their vigorous efforts, make a great noise, rave, [and] make no headway because they build without a foundation.  — John Calvin

Filed under: Calvin, Church History, Theology Ta...

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Written by Jim
Friday, 23 June 2017 05:17

(Podcast) Message: “The Blessings of United Prayer” (Acts 1:12-26) - Bellator Christi

Acts: The Church in Action

The Blessings of United Prayer

Acts 1:12-26

  1. Unity in prayer provides the blessing of LOVING FELLOWSHIP (1:12-14).
  2. Unity in prayer provides the blessing of BOLD PROCLAMATION (1:15-22).
  3. Unity in prayer provides the blessing of DIVINE GUIDANCE (1:24-26).

About the Author:

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Written by Brian Chilton
Friday, 23 June 2017 04:48

Mutual Possession

The Song of Solomon is an intensely devotional book. It is also a prophetic book in that it describes for us the relationship between the believer and Christ, the ‘Beloved’, with an intimacy which looks forward to the relationship between the believer and Christ in the New Testament. It...

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Written by Allan Murray
Friday, 23 June 2017 04:17

All Beth Moore critiques here in one place (Short version) Featured

I have split the list of Beth Moore critiques into two different essays. There is a long version which includes a lengthy discernment lesson on top before you get to the critiques. Then there's this shorter version which is just the list.Below is a list of everything I have written about Moore, and...

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Written by The End Time
Friday, 23 June 2017 03:53

The Queen Honors the Gettys for Shaping Modern Hymnody

“When I first received the call about the OBE, I was pretty surprised. It’s a real honour for our family and for the field of hymn writing, which has been on the decline in recent years…I am very grateful to her Majesty the Queen for this honour. I’ve never met any of the...

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Written by Staff
Friday, 23 June 2017 03:48

Since When Are Threats of Violence And Actual Attacks Permissible In America?

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It was bad enough when we witnessed the double standard between Liberals and Conservatives in their war of words.  The MSM would look the other way if the verbal attacks were coming from Liberals. Not so much when it was the other way around.  If verbal attacks were against the Left from...

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Written by Geri Ungurean
Friday, 23 June 2017 03:27

My Reflections on #SBC17 (Kyle James Howard)

This article was originally posted at Kyle Howard’s website and is cross posted here with permission.

This article is also featured on my Coram Deo Podcast. The audio is available there if you would like to listen to me read it, rather than read it yourself.

Context

This past week has been very...

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Written by Guest Blogger
Friday, 23 June 2017 03:23

A Mouth Full of Fire: Martyn Lloyd-Jones on the Nature of True Preaching

What is preaching? That is the question! I remember the first time someone asked me to explain the difference between teaching the Bible and preaching the Bible. I don’t exactly recall what I said, but I know that it was a fumble at best! Since that time, I have been...

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Written by Jonathan Kleis
Friday, 23 June 2017 03:16

Responses (3): It all depends on whose ox is gored...

image This is the third in a series responding to critics of my post pointing out Denny Burk is wrong and the Atlantic got it right in their reporting that Southern Baptists' Christian Standard Bible is gender-neutered.

Seven years ago, back before the Holman Christian...

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Written by Tim Bayly
Friday, 23 June 2017 03:14

3 Habits That Can Make American Democracy Great Again

We live in a volatile age.

The last decade of American politics has proved to be dysfunctional, rancorous, and polarizing.

Together, we have experienced the increasing disintegration of both major political parties, the deep ideological and cultural divisions revealed by the 2016 election cycle, the...

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Written by Bruce Ashford
Friday, 23 June 2017 03:10

The Next Generation Must Demand Purity From Their Pastors

image Over the past thirty years America has witnessed an unprecedented rise of mega scale churches and in tandem a meteoric explosion of moral failure. An entire generation of church goers are jaded, confused, and desensitized, because the pedestal of the pulpit crashed down. Because I take...

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Written by Anthony Wood
Friday, 23 June 2017 03:04

Why is Wonder Woman a better role model than Beth Moore? Featured

Even though one is a supposed Christian and the other is a fictional comic strip character?In seeking to answer that question, first, please forgive me for making a cultural comparison. I know the swells of film-going euphoria are riding high right now at the genial and solid presentation of female...

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Written by The End Time
Friday, 23 June 2017 03:00

The Authority of Scripture and the Testimony of the Church

image Although “the authority of the holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed and obeyed, dependeth not upon the testimony of any man or church, but wholly upon God (who is truth itself), the Author thereof; and therefore it is to be received, because it is the Word of God (1 Thes...

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Written by Paul J. Barth
Friday, 23 June 2017 02:30

This 'n' That

imageI am about to venture into dangerous territory. I am about to go where some of you may think I shouldn't. I am about to comment on parenting...even though I am not a parent. It's true, I do not have children; however, I do have common sense. I do have a Bible, which tells me basic principles. And,...

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Written by EBenz
Friday, 23 June 2017 01:48

Another Prosperity Gospel Charlatan, Todd Coontz, Indicted for Fraud Featured

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For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. –1 Timothy 6:10

The Prosperity Gospel is one of the most deadening diseases plaguing the visible church today. It is a false...

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Written by Jeff Maples
Friday, 23 June 2017 01:33

Audio Interviews: 9Marks at 9 with ERLC; 9Marks at 9 with Mohler, Akin, and Charles

Audio description: At the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention, Mark Dever interviewed Danny Akin, Al Mohler, and H. B. Charles about the state of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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Audio description: At the 2017 SBC, Jonathan Leeman interviewed Russell Moore, Mark Dever, and Philip...

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Friday, 23 June 2017 01:30

15 Martin Luther Quotes on Preaching the Gospel to Ourselves

95 Martin Luther Quotes of Note, Part 4 

A Word from Bob:You’re reading Part 4 of a multi-part blog series on 95 Martin Luther Quotes of Note.

For Part 1, visit:15 Martin Luther Quotes on the Sufficiency of Scripture.

For Part 2, visit:15 Martin Luther Quotes on Comforting the Suffering.

For...

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Written by Bob
Friday, 23 June 2017 01:28

Arian and humanitarian unitarianism

To my knowledge, there are roughly two kinds of unitarians: Arians and humanitarian unitarians.
(In this post I'm excluding Muslim and Jewish unitarians.)
1. Arian unitarianism
Arians regard the Son as the first creature. God made the Son, and the Son made everything else. Arianism is dualistic. 
A...

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Written by steve
Friday, 23 June 2017 01:15

Who is the Holy Spirit?

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Sam Storms:

From Sam’s contribution to The New City Catechism:

Rarely does a Christian struggle to think of God as Father. And to envision God as Son is not a problem for many. These personal names come easily to us because our lives and relationships are inescapably intertwined with fathers...

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Written by Peter Cockrell
Friday, 23 June 2017 00:45

Daddy is blessed...

image Just received this pic along with an e-mail of thanks for writing Daddy Tried. Ain't she beautiful? I'd tell you her name but I want to protect her own and her parents' privacy. Congratulations to the proud father and joyful mother!

Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the...

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Written by Tim Bayly
Friday, 23 June 2017 00:30

2018 National Conference: Space Is Filling Fast

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Join us March 8-10, 2018, in Orlando for our 31st annual National Conference. Together we will consider the way the Lord brings about awakening so that we might be used by God to be the means of a new awakening today.

R.C. Sproul will be joined by Rosaria Butterfield, Kevin DeYoung, Sinclair...

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Written by Nathan W. Bingham
Friday, 23 June 2017 00:13

Even America’s Largest Denomination Is Bleeding Members: Is It Too Late?

Further erosion of membership within America’s largest denomination, Southern Baptist, shows a larger trend of churches losing [bleeding] members. Byron Barlowe believes the answer may not be more programs, even evangelism programs.

Many wonder about the state of the Christian Church in the...

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Written by Byron Barlowe
Friday, 23 June 2017 00:00

New study: fracking doesn’t contaminate groundwater

imageHydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking”

A new study was reported in the Daily Signal.

Excerpt:

Hydraulic fracturing hasn’t contaminated groundwater in Texas, isn’t an earthquake hazard, and has been a boon for the state’s economy, according to a study released...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Friday, 23 June 2017 00:00

His Hand is Not Shortened

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Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear. –Isaiah 59:1 ESV

  Listen to, Jesus Our Priest (Part 1 of 2)

Because of their sin, the Israelites needed a high priest to serve as an intermediary between themselves and...

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Written by TFL
Thursday, 22 June 2017 23:50

Responses (2): but "brothers" often means "brothers and sisters"...

image Here is another argument against my post pointing out Denny Burk is wrong and the Atlantic got it right in their reporting that the Christian Standard Bible is gender-neutered in hundreds of places.

A reader writes:

[The translators] are simply trying to communicate the...

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Written by Tim Bayly
Thursday, 22 June 2017 23:40

Memory wipe

In responding to universalist Thomas Talbott, Craig floated the hypothesis that God might wipe the recollection of lost loved ones from the memories of the saints.  That way, the saints could enjoy eternity, since they'd be oblivious the hellish fate of their lost loved ones.
I don't think...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 22 June 2017 23:35

The Pope Writes Zwingli: And Zwingli Responds to the Bearer of the Letter

Pope Adrian wrote Zwingli on 23 January, 1523-

“Adrian, Pope, the sixth [of the name], to his dear son salutations and the Apostolical benediction: We send the venerable brother Ennius, Bishop of Verulam, our domestic prelate and Nuncio of the Apostolic See, a man distinguished for prudence...

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Written by Jim
Thursday, 22 June 2017 23:31

‘But Wasn’t the Bible Written By Drunk Monks?’

Written by: Ray Ortlund

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Yes, I really have heard that objection. But there are many ways one can cast doubt on the Bible. It's a huge subject, and it quickly becomes technical. But, for starters, here are two things to keep in mind.

One, how the Bible came down to us. The New Testament was...

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Written by Ray Ortlund
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